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RE: [IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V13 #409

You must have an employer based plan. On the individual market, the co-pay for
prescription drugs is usually only 50 percent after a negotiated discount and
my plan quoted me like a $200 copay, which is insane. I'm kind of curious if
it would be any different if I purchased it through a medical device company.
For example, when I buy glucose tablets through the Medtronic site, my Horizon
Blue Cross plan paid for those in their entirety.

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> Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:52:00 -0700
> Subject: [IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V13 #409
> From: email @ redacted
> To: email @ redacted
> Hum. My Glucagon kit is a $20 co-pay, up from $10 last year. I've had kits
> for years but have never used one.
> My doc heard I was using Smarties to treat a low and was concerned at how
> long those will take to bring me up. She suggested a junior-sized juice
> box, which acts nearly immediately, since it doesn't have to be chewed or
> digested. She said to keep one by my bed, one in the bathroom, one in my
> purse, etc. She also recommended standard Glucose tablets, since they're a
> measured dose and will deliver glucose fast, like we need it to. Weight
> gain from over-treating lows is a big problem for us.
> Valerie
> On 3/29/14 8:04 AM, "insulin-pumpers-digest"
> <email @ redacted> wrote:
> >Glucagon is pretty expensive, over $200 with the insurance copay. I keep
> >my
> >glucose tablets on me all the time and always, always carry a protein bar
> >and
> >some juice and will pop at least four tablets if I'm really crashing. I
> >was
> >using Apidra in my pump last year, very dangerous combination, because
> >Apidra
> >literally caused me to go low once every couple of weeks. I switched to
> >Humalog then Novalog, which are much more stable. Apidra's great if you
> >are
> >giving yourself injections, because you can shoot 20 minutes after a meal
> >and
> >still keep under control
> .
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